We are always on the lookout for the best towns to tour during the holidays and will be adding the ones that we feel really stand out as we discover them. If you know of a town that should be added to this list, please let us know in the comments below!
The Best “Holiday” Towns to Tour
St. Augustine, Florida
What do 2 million holiday lights look like?
You will find out when you visit St. Augustine’s Nights of Lights Festival! This celebration is held annually from the end of November through the end of January each year and features two million holiday lights!
During Nights of Lights, St. Augustine literally glows with holiday magic and was twice selected byas one of the ten best holiday lighting displays in the world. Rachel Ray Magazine named St. Augustine one of the Nation’s “Twinkliest Towns” and the American Business Association named the Nights of Lights a Top 100 Event in North America.
With origins that trace back to the Spanish tradition of displaying white candles in the windows during the Christmas holidays, the spectacular lighting display reflects St. Augustine’s 450-year history.
St. Augustine, located 38 miles southeast of Jacksonville, is the oldest continuously settled city (by Europeans) in the United States. The Spanish explorer, Juan Ponce de Leon, in search of the legendary Fountain of Youth, landed there in 1513 and took possession of the territory for Spain.
Enjoy the light displays while taking a stroll, trolley, or horse-and-buggy ride along the city’s cobblestone streets. During your stay, you might also enjoy touring military forts, medieval castles, historic lighthouses, and fascinating museums.
Santa Fe, New Mexico
One of Santa Fe’s most beloved holiday traditions, the Canyon Road Farolito Walk, lights up the hearts and souls of thousands who promenade this famous path on Christmas Eve.
Featuring one-of-a-kind LED lighting displays along Gatlinburg’s famous downtown Parkway, adjacent River Road, and the triangle juncture of the two, the latest $1.6 million-plus rollout of custom designed and fabricated lighting displays are marked by sections reminiscent of winter forests, evergreens, and romance.